The store will close on October 31st.

Over the course of the last few years it has been a growing trend at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, a trend that we all hope stops sooner than later, large chain stores closing up. The next big store to say goodbye to the mall is Best Buy, according to the Daily Freeman.

A Best Buy spokesperson told the Freeman that the decline of the area's retail landscape is to blame for the closure, not COVID-19. Claire Larson said through email,

"Unfortunately, retail in this area ... has been in decline for many years. Other anchor stores have left the mall in recent years, including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Sears, and that has led customers to shop other retail areas."

The last day folks will be able to shop at the Best Buy store at the Hudson Valley Mall, which is located at 1300 Ulster Avenue, Route 9W in the town of Ulster, will be on Saturday October 31, 2020.

As far as the 50 full and part time employees that will now be without a job, the company has announced that they are, "doing what we can to help our employees find positions at neighboring Best Buy stores." Other Hudson Valley Best Buy locations are in Poughkeepsie, Middletown and up further north in Albany.

With Best Buy leaving the mall, the only anchor stores left at the Hudson Valley mall are Dick's Sporting Goods and Target. The mall is also home to a new movie multiplex, but it's been closed due to the coronavirus.